|Weekly News Digest
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Cuadra Announces STAR Web Version 5.0
Cuadra Associates, Inc. (http://www.cuadra.com), a Los Angeles-based provider of knowledge management software products, announced the new version 5.0 of STAR Web, its browser-based interface, which now includes full application support for data entry and global tasks. Cuadra showed it to customers last month at the STAR Users Meeting and will announce the new version today (Nov. 15) at the Internet Librarian conference in Monterey, Calif. (http://www.infotoday.com/il2004). According to the company, the new release will be used as the platform for a new generation of ready-to-use solutions to be issued in 2005.
The new features allow form designs that provide for all of the many standard data types and validation rules supported in STAR. They include support for repeating fields (and subfields), with a design that facilitates the insertion of as many new instances (e.g., of authors/names or subjects) as are needed. Among the standard STAR validation rules supported in this interface are those that are applied locally, as for dates, and those that require interaction with the STAR host system, for validating input against an authority file and/or the dynamic generation of authority data in a list box or separate pop-up "picklist" display. The new features also allow for the submission of global operations and maintenance of related sets of data collections.
Source: Cuadra Associates, Inc.
Getty Images Expands Coverage and Partnerships
Getty Images (http://www.gettyimages.com) announced it has expanded its editorial coverage to China and increased its global news content through six new content partnerships: Aurora, CBS Photo Archive, Christian Science Monitor, Focus on Sports, PanAfrican News Agency, and National Geographic. Getty Images is establishing a photo bureau operating in Beijing, with staff and freelance photographers covering China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. The team, headed by Andrew Wong, formerly with Reuters, has in-depth experience covering news, sports, and entertainment.
Getty Images launched its editorial division in July 2001 and says it was the first to move to an all-digital platform, transforming the ways in which the news media work. With the addition of photographers in China, Getty Images employs nearly 100 full-time photojournalists who cover top political, economic, sports, and social events worldwide.
Source: Getty Images
Mozilla Launches Firefox 1.0 Browser
The Mozilla Foundation (http://www.mozilla.org) launched its free open source browser, Firefox 1.0. The company says that more than 8 million people downloaded the Preview Release made available a month earlier. Features in Firefox 1.0 include integrated pop-up blocking, online fraud protection, integrated support for search services in the toolbar (including Google, Yahoo!, Amazon, eBay, etc.), Tabbed Browsing (which allows multiple pages to load in the same window), and a new Live Bookmarks feature that allows users to glance through the latest news and blog headlines.
The Mozilla Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving choice and promoting innovation on the Internet. Firefox 1.0 is available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux as a free download from mozilla.org and by CD from the Mozilla Store. Firefox is now available in more than a dozen languages, with many more on the way.
Source: The Mozilla Foundation
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